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The Book of Negroes is a 2007 award-winning novel from Canadian writer Lawrence Hill. In the United States, Australia and New Zealand, the novel was published under the title Someone Knows My Name.
The Book of Negroes is a 2007 award-winning novel from Canadian writer Lawrence Hill. In the United States, Australia and New Zealand, the novel was published under the title Someone Knows My Name
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Lawrence Hill's fourth novel, The Book of Negroes, which won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' prize, opens in 1802 in London, as a former slave named Aminata Diallo begins, at the behest of William Wilberforce and hi. .
Lawrence Hill's fourth novel, The Book of Negroes, which won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' prize, opens in 1802 in London, as a former slave named Aminata Diallo begins, at the behest of William Wilberforce and his abolitionist colleagues, to narrate the story of her fictional life, from freedom to slavery and back again. Unlike Equiano, however, Aminata takes a detour through Canada, via a different historical document that is Hill's other principal primary source, the eponymous "Book of Negroes".
This book is a work of fiction and, except in the case of historical fact, any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
The Book of Negroes: A N.has been added to your Cart. Lawrence Hill is the author of several novels including Someone Knows My Name, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was nominated in the United States for the Huston Wright Legacy Award. A graduate of the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, he lives in Ontario, Canada.
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The Book of Negroes is a masterpiece. - The Globe and Mail. the exclusive club that includes literature’s most memorable characters now has a remarkable new member. An unforgettable character. Abducted as a child from her village in West Africa and forced to walk for months to the sea, Aminata Diallo is sent to live as a slave in South Carolina. Let me begin with a caveat to any and all who find these pages. Do not trust large bodies of water, and do not cross them.
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WW Norton and CO. Story. For instance, as in historical slave narratives, the narrator tells her own story after achieving literacy and freedom and her story is put to use for the abolitionist cause. As a work of historical fiction, The Book of Negroes incorporates actual events and figures of the time along with its fictional plot and characters.
Abducted as an 11-year-old child from her village in West Africa and forced to walk for months to the sea in a coffle—a string of slaves— Aminata Diallo is sent to live as a slave in South Carolina. But years later, she forges her way to freedom, serving the British in the Revolutionary War and registering her name in the historic “Book of Negroes.” This book, an actual document, provides a short but immensely revealing record of freed Loyalist slaves who requested permission to leave the US for resettlement in Nova Scotia, only to find that the haven they sought was steeped in an oppression all of its own.
Aminata’s eventual return to Sierra Leone—passing ships carrying thousands of slaves bound for America—is an engrossing account of an obscure but important chapter in history that saw 1,200 former slaves embark on a harrowing back-to-Africa odyssey. Lawrence Hill is a master at transforming the neglected corners of history into brilliant imaginings, as engaging and revealing as only the best historical fiction can be. A sweeping story that transports the reader from a tribal African village to a plantation in the southern United States, from the teeming Halifax docks to the manor houses of London, The Book of Negroes introduces one of the strongest female characters in recent Canadian fiction, one who cuts a swath through a world hostile to her colour and her sex.